All About Polycarbonates

Why polycarbonate is a great solution for many applications? Polycarbonate is very durable and tough plastic while being lightweight and economical, it resists impacts to up to 250 times in comparison with glass which makes it highly demandable in applications with high traffic usage and is used widely as protection against theft or vandalism. Can […]

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Why polycarbonate is a great solution for many applications?

Polycarbonate is very durable and tough plastic while being lightweight and economical, it resists impacts to up to 250 times in comparison with glass which makes it highly demandable in applications with high traffic usage and is used widely as protection against theft or vandalism.

Can Polycarbonates resist heat?

Polycarbonates have high dimensional stability, their characteristics are close to acrylics but polycarbonates are much stronger, and can be used in a wide temperature range.

Polycarbonate sheets and panels can remain thermally stable up to 135 degrees Celsius (275 Fahrenheit) and its melting point is 155 degrees Celsius (311 Fahrenheit). The polycarbonate working temperature range is from -40 degrees celsius (-40 Fahrenheit) up to 115 to 130 degrees Celsius (266 Fahrenheit).

Is it considered heat insulator?

Polycarbonate is a very good heat insulator, for this reason, is widely used in electronic devices and construction sectors. Polycarbonates head conductivity (k) at 23 degrees Celsius is 0.19 to 0.22 W/m-k, and thermal diffusivity (a) at 25 degrees Celsius is 0.144 mm2/s, 

Is Polycarbonates chemical resistant?

Polycarbonate is resistant to most common chemicals such as:

  • Acetic Acid (concentration up to 10%)
  • Acetylene
  • Ajax Detergent 
  • Aluminum Ammonium Sulfate 
  • Saturated Aluminium Chloride 
  • Aluminum Oxalate  
  • Saturated Aluminium Sulfate 
  • Ammonium Chloride 
  • Ammonium Nitrate 
  • Saturated Ammonium Sulfate
  • Saturated Antimony Trichloride 
  • Automatic Switch Grease
  • Baby lotion
  • Barium Chloride 
  • Bacon Fat 
  • Battery Acid 
  • Beer 
  • Beet Syrup 
  • Betadine 
  • Bleach (Clorox)  
  • Blood and Blood Plasma 
  • Borax 
  • Boric Acid 
  • Butane 
  • Butter 
  • Butyl Alcohol (Butanol) 
  • Butylene Glycol 
  • Saturated Calcium Chloride 
  • Calcium Hypochlorite 
  • Calcium Nitrate 
  • Calcium Soap Fat 
  • Carbon Dioxide Gas (Moist) 
  • Carbon Monoxide 
  • Castor Oil  
  • Catsup (Ketchup) 
  • Chocolate
  • Tobacco 
  • Potassium Sulfate Saturated 
  • Propane 
  • Transformer Oils R Propargyl Alcohol 
  • Transmission Fluid R Propionic Acid 20%
  • Silver Nitrate 
  • Vanilla 
  • Vanillin 
  • Witch Haze
  • Worcester Sauce
  • Zinc Stearate 
  • Zinc Sulfate 
  • Saturated Chrome Alum 
  • Chromic Acid (20%)
  • Cinnamon 
  • Citric Acid (10%)
  • Coal Gas
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Cooking Oil
  • Saturated Copper Sulfate 
  • Saturated Cupric Chloride 
  • Saturated Cuprous Chloride
  • Cyclohexane
  • DDT
  • Dekalin
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Ethanol (Ethyl Alcohol) and Water (96%)
  • Saturated Ferric Chloride
  • Ferrous Sulfate
  • Fish and Fish Oils
  • Floor Polish 
  • Floor Polish 
  • Methane 
  • Formalin 10  
  • Fruit Juices and Pulp  
  • Gear Oil R Milk 
  • Glazers Putty 
  • Mineral Oil  
  • Glucose 
  • Glycerine 
  • Mustard  
  • Glycerol  
  • Glycols  
  • Nickel Sulfate  
  • Glutaraldehyde 50  
  • Nitric Acid 20 
  • Grease, Automotive (Most)  
  • Heptane 
  • Potassium Metabisulfite 4 
  • Potassium Nitrate Saturated  
  • Tetralin N Potassium Perchlorate 10%
  • Potassium Permanganate 10%
  • Thyme 
  • Potassium Persulfate 10% 
  • Titanium Tetrachloride 
  • Potassium Rhodanide Saturated 
  • Vaseline 
  • Vegetable Juices 
  • Zinc Chloride 
  • Vinegar 
  • Zinc Oxide 
  • Water (Demineralised or Sea) 
  • Hexane 
  • Oleic Acid  
  • Hydrofluoric Acid 20%
  • Onions 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 30%
  • Oxalic Acid 10% 
  • Sodium Bicarbonate Saturated 
  • Paprika 
  • Sodium Bisulfate Saturated 
  • Paraffin 
  • Sodium Bisulfite Saturated 
  • Pentane 
  • Sodium Carbonate Saturated  
  • Pepper 
  • Sodium Chlorate 
  • Sodium Chloride Saturated 
  • Sodium Chromate Saturated  
  • Sodium Hypochlorite 5% 
  • Chlorine Petroleum Oil (Refined) R 
  • Sodium Sulfate Saturated  
  • Phosphoric Acid 10 
  • Phosphorous Oxychloride 
  • Sodium Thiosulfate
  • Spindle Oil  
  • Stannous Chloride  
  • Polyethylene  
  • Starch  
  • Polyethylene Glycol  
  • Sugar Saturated  
  • Potassium Aluminium Alum (Sulfate) Saturated  
  • Sulfur Dioxide (Gas) 
  • Potassium Bichromate  
  • Sulfuric Acid 
  • Potassium Chloride Saturated  
  • Tartaric Acid 30%
  • Potassium Dichromate Saturated 
  • Propyl Alcohol (1-Propanol) 
  • Salad Oil
  • Salt
  • Trisodium Phosphate 
  • Silicofluoric Acid 30%
  • Silicone Grease
  • Urea
  • Silicone Oil
  • Vacuum Pump Oil
  • Wine, Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, Cognac

How transparent is Polycarbonate?

Domer Vivid Polycarbonates can be glass-clear transparent while being extremely strong, and UV stabilized which makes it ideal for outdoor applications such as glazing, roof skylights, daylight walls (you may check on Domer ContiWall, ContiRoof or Domer Vivid polycarbonates).

Is polycarbonate considered as a good electric insulator?

The main consumption of polycarbonate is in the electronic sector for its safety features, being a good electrical insulator. you can find polycarbonates in electrical, telecommunications hardware.

Does Polycarbonate resist fire?

Domer polycarbonates hold many certificates in compliance with American, European and British Standards

Polycarbonate is widely used in construction and building due to its fire retardancy, Domer Polycarbonates is rated to UL94 V-0 & V-2, Domer Polycarbonate sheets and panels are also certified its conformity to the American standard ASTM E84 Class A and European Standard EN 13501-1 Class B S1 D0 & Class B S2 D0, and British Standard BS476-7 Class 1 Y.

What is the density of Polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate has a density of 1.2 – 1.22 g/cm3, its lightweight and high strength make it ideal for many applications especially in building and construction.

Does Polycarbonate work for soundproofing?

Domer polycarbonate noise control ( is a great solution to use as acoustical insulation / sound barrier or fence for areas such as high traffic roads or noisy industrial areas, train or metro tracks, and even fencing residential areas,

It can be easily fabricated, cut to size, and fixed on solid frames of the project architect’s choice. 

Keep in mind: Domer Noise Control Polycarbonate is cost-effective, highly transparent, doesn’t react to most chemicals, has durable, fireproof, and self-extinguishing properties, colorful, strong, and lightweight.

Is polycarbonate suitable for outdoor applications?

Domer Vivid Polycarbonate sheets and skylight panels are suitable for all outdoor applications as it has great resistance even for the toughest weathers due to the high end co-extruded UV protection layer eliminating 99% of the harmful ultra-violet sun rays hence protecting the polycarbonate from aging, discoloration and providing a safe environment within the building space while passing the cozy natural daylight if required.

Summary of polycarbonate main characteristics:

Light Weight: Only half weight of glass, saving delivery and installation cost .

Impact Strenght: 25-30 times more impact resistance of tempered glass and acrylic. 
High Clarity: Up to 90% light transmission rate.

Flame Retardancy: Self-extinguishing, does not encourage flames or give off toxic gases.

Thermal Stability: Little property change within -40C to 120C temperature range.

Chemical Stability: Resistant to most chemicals except for a few specific materials
Weatherability: Co-extruded UV layer, longterm UV radiation protection.

Sound Insulation: Superior acoustic insulation, ideal for making sound barriers.

Heat Insulation: Good thermal insulation performance, minimize heat consumption.

Formability: Easy of fabrication, a huge range of shapes and sizes can be formed.

What are the main applications of polycarbonate sheets?

A unique combination of properties in Domer solid sheet provides an advanced solution for Architectural Glazing, Interior Decorations, Sound Barriers, Signage, Security, Manufacturing, and DIY applications. 

Architectural Glazing: With outstanding clarity and weather ability, Domer PC sheets have many glazing applications such as greenhouses, porch, and balcony of houses, atriums of hotels and shopping center, daylighting band of factories and warehouses, roofing of stadiums and swimming pools, skylights of airports and stations.

Interior Decoration: Domer solid sheet has various colors and textures for selection in decoration applications. It is perfect to be made into bathroom partitions and ceilings. 

Sound Barriers: Sound barriers made of Domer solid sheets not only have a good acoustic insulate performance, but also provide easy installation, high safety, and broad vision.

Signage: With exceptional clarity and ease of fabrication, Domer solid sheet is perfect for billboards, illuminated signs, and street signs. It provides better fire safety than Acrylic. 

Security: Due to its high impact strength and transparency, Domer solid sheet is ideal to be made into windscreens, machine guards, shock resistant shields, and helmets. 

Manufacturing: Shatterproof suitcases or containers can be formed from Domer solid sheets. A huge range of shapes and sizes are obtainable with its outstanding dimensional stability and ease of fabrication.

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